Wendy Parker

MATS: One down, two to go

MATS 2015 has kicked off, and it's going to be huge. It's always a gigantic show, and it's the first of the season, so attendance is generally high. This is our third year at MATS, and the first time we've actually been able to finagle press passes, and I'd like to thank Toby Young for his personal attention to the matter. We've got the usual dinners and meetings with corporate and marketing people from the industry. I ...

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Ohio ate our mailbox

"Apparently, the State of Ohio needs a minute with my dad and his whipping belt, because they really don't seem to care that someone committed a federal offense by wiring my poor, unassuming mailbox to an orange barrel."

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Ready, set … Go to MATS!

Sometimes, beauty is hard.... Things get weird as Wendy coordinates the outfits for her son's senior pictures, likewise her own for MATS.

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It’s the little things, like Google

Not rocket science: Allow small things to go faster than large things... they'll explode into stardust when they hit the large things.

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Danny can drive it

Meet Auto DriveAway contract driver Danny Murdock and several of the specially-equipped vocational trucks that are his rolling freight.

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‘Cheap diesel’ makes my eye twitch

"I think the FMCSA should implement a rule that says if anyone uses the argument that 'diesel is cheap'" to justify low rates "they are rendered a swift and brutal throat punch."

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Learning the support ropes: D’Ann Shapiro-Landman

How Shapiro-Landman transitioned to "glove-box office" manager for her husband's soon-to-be-minted owner-operator business after a law enforcement career.

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Jeff Clark is a good egg

Dust-up over an eating contest at MATS and the Bureau of Labor Statistics' prototypical driver yields insights: "I'm not a troublemaker, I'm a concerned citizen. Most of the time."

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I’m not crazy, just a product of the 70s

Wendy talks to a long-failing computer: "There's a distinct possibility we'll be having a Best Buy Intervention when we get home, and if I get arrested for talking to a vacuum cleaner, I blame Sid and Marty Crofft."

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Earning your cool

Clorox wipes or baby wipes: There's a difference. "While I have personally met people who could probably benefit from a Clorox armpit bath, it's generally considered a bad idea to put bleach on your skin, and I try to refrain from it as much as possible."

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